Osso Buco Milanese


For me, those two words, Osso Buco, have always conjured up the idea of a romantic dinner. The name just has such an exotic feel to it. I always think of images of a waterfront café, sitting at a small table with my wife, sipping good wine and watching the sunset while cool breezes caress us.

Of course that image was temporally shattered when I learned that Osso Buco means, bone with a hole. But then I remembered that I don’t really speak Italian, so it can mean whatever I want it to mean.

Anyway, this savory dish will not only romance your other half, but it will impress your guests. One of the best parts is that it’s all done in one pan, so clean up is easy. In fact I’ve always found that this is so tasty that there really isn’t much left to clean up afterwards anyway.

I'm using beef shanks from my friends at KOL Foods. (http://www.KOLFoods.com) This is an osso bucco cut, bone in and sliced through the shank. And I'm using white wine a Levanim from Jezreel,  from my friends at Kosher Wine . com (http://bit.ly/1Bpzcs8).

I serve this with a traditional risotto, although I keep it dairy free. (As you know, in a kosher kitchen we never cook or eat meat and dairy products together.) To plate, I put a small dab of the sauce on the plate. Lay the osso bucco on top of that and add a few of the veggies on to the meat. Garnish with an extra sprig of fresh thyme. And remember, the bone is one of the stars of the show.

So, put the kids to bed early, cozy up with a nice glass of wine, and this traditional Italian masterpiece. And before you know it, you and your love will be making beautiful music together. No bones about it.

L’Chaim . . . Avi.

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